President Donald Trump is expected today to sign an executive order that seeks to promote state and local control over education. The order is expected to call for a study of whether the federal government "has unlawfully overstepped state and local control."
Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students -- whether they attended college full time or part time beginning in the fall of 2010 -- lagged behind those of their white and Asian peers, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report also found that fewer students, no matter their race, completed a degree when they began studying at a community college than those who began at a four-year institution.
A study in the Journal of the Endocrine Society showed that children with obesity had an almost four times increased risk of developing incident type 2 diabetes before reaching adulthood, compared with those with a normal body mass index. UK researchers used a cohort of 369,361 children ages 2 to 15 and found a 1.6-fold increase in diabetes risk for every 1 standard deviation increase in BMI z score.
This point in the school year, coupled with standardized testing, typically leaves high-school math teacher Michelle Russell "running low on energy, ideas and patience," she writes in this blog post. She shares six tips to help educators continue supporting students despite these challenges.
Teachers can take students' vocabulary knowledge to the next level through interactive activities, asserts teacher Lauren Bakian Aaker. In this blog post, she shares ways to build students' vocabulary through image/symbol sorting and an interactive word wall.
Some officials in a New York school district say expanding the day by 70 minutes has brought improvements to students' test scores. In the past three years, schools have taken different approaches -- some schools work with community partners to offer enrichment classes, while teachers at other schools offer eight-week rotations of electives such as engineering.
History students at a middle school in Washington state, along with peers at a school in France, are working together on The Monuments Project, a mobile app profiling the stories of 29 World War I service members from Washington who are buried in France. Thanks to the collaboration of teachers, history organizations and a tech company, the project has given students the opportunity to collaborate with peers from another country.
An elementary school in Georgia recently earned the state's first certification as a science, technology, engineering, arts and math school. Students engage in project-based learning, and a teaching artist works with students on cross-curricular lessons.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, commander on the International Space Station, has surpassed a previous record for the most hours logged in space. In a video conference with President Donald Trump, she highlighted the importance of being a role model for girls and encouraging them to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Some New York City schools have banned mandatory homework, replacing it in some cases with suggestions for parents to engage children in after-school activities. The changes have sparked criticism from some parents.
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